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Anyone who goes into the entertainment business already knows the odds are stacked against you. All you really know for sure is there are a ton of people are trying to make it…and only a few do.

When 12 year-old Kadie Lynn Roberson took her spot onstage at the “America’s Got Talent” judge cuts round, she knew exactly what the odds were. Twenty acts were trying to make it but only seven were going to. If that wasn’t scary enough for the tween, she was about to perform in front of not only the regular batch of judges, but also the Queen of Country music and one of Kadie’s very own heroes, Miss Reba McEntire.

Yet, that didn’t scare the little red engine from Kemp, Texas as she strolled onto that stage in her pretty blue dress and brown cowboy boots. She just flashed that million dollar smile, grabbed hold of her guitar and did what everyone hoped she would do.

She blew the judges away, including Reba.

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One minute and thirteen seconds was all she needed to paint that famous smile on Reba’s face and pull a double thumbs up from a woman who has seen more than her fair share of talent. With her precise guitar playing and her well-beyond-her-years soulful voice, Kadie had the crowd on their feet with her own unique arrangement of Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

“You have a stage presence that I didn’t find until I was in my twenties,” Reba told the young starlet. “If you’re coachable, if you’re directable and you give 110 percent, you’ll be very successful.”

Even after Kadie left the stage, Reba was still in disbelief. “She’s 12!” she gushed to her co-judge Heidi Klum. “That’s amazing. I would have been a puddle on the floor.”

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Part of the real beauty of Kadie’s performance however didn’t even come from Kadie herself, but from her adopted mother’s tearful reactions both during the performance as well as waiting for her daughter after she was given the good news that she was part of the select seven moving on to the next round. Hollywood or not, that’s a love you can’t fake for TV and there’s no question that love is one of the reasons Kadie is the talent and class act that she is.


We can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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